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Understanding Burundi’s turmoil

Is it a constitutional crisis or political and economic issues?

Charles KM Kambanda

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c AS
Despite valid and widespread concerns about President Nkurunziza’s wish to run for another term, the alleged constitutional crisis in Burundi is imaginary. The root causes of the eastern African nation’s turmoil run deeper, concerning domestic and international political, economic and social issues.

The MDGs as part of the hegemonic discourse: A contextualization

Liepollo Lebohang Pheko

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c OT
The MDGs, rather than subverting existing colonial power structures, bolstered them. Furthermore, they are a diversion from the more progressive alternatives that many African and other forces from the global South propose.

Imbonerakure militia: Parallels between Burundi and Tanzania

Dastan Kweka

2015-06-04, Issue 729

c c JD
A major feature of the political crisis in Burundi is the violent activities of a youth militia allied to the ruling party. Similar party militias exist in Tanzania, and their involvement in the political scene ahead of elections in October is worrying.

Now that we have Buhari

Abdulrazaq Magaji

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c NI
Now that Nigerians have Buhari, how far his government goes will depend on how far Nigerians purge themselves of the counter-productive practices of the better-forgotten Jonathan years. Things will not work if business continues as usual. Things do not work that way - they never have!

Dead end or rebirth of a nation?

Chido Onumah

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c BN
Expectations are high that the new President Muhammadu Buhari will transform Nigeria. But while there is little doubt about his personal integrity and commitment, Nigeria is complicated. There is a crippling lack of confidence in the nation by its own citizens.

UPOV91: The Apartheid seed law

Why would anyone want to destroy farmers’ experimentation and knowledge?

Carol Thompson

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c DCG
This convention legitimises the view that real plant breeders wear white coats and work in a sparkling laboratory with the latest instruments, while projecting farmer breeders as barefoot, dirty and semi-literate. They are not real breeders and therefore have no rights.

Cuba is Fanon in the flesh

Nation is living example of a new humanity

Danny Haiphong

2015-06-03, Issue 729

c c NT
Cuba's achievements are a testament to the transformation of the Cuban people. The self-determination of Cuba's revolutionary masses has actualized Che and Fanon's concept of a new humanity.

Grand developmentalism: MDGs and SDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa

A. Bayo Ogunrotifa

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c MG
The proposed Sustainable Development Goals suffer from the same failings as the Millennium Development Goals they are replacing. Ideas and practices of sustainable development should reflect the complexities of development issues and not be based on abstract agendas and strategies that are constituted in a universalist frame.

From MDGs to SDGs: An African civil society perspective on the gap between claim and reality

Boniface Mabanza

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c TWP
Without radical rethinking, the new project of setting a post-2015 agenda is in danger of suffering the same fate as its forerunners. Development in its classical understanding is of no use now. What is needed are real changes corresponding to the various local and national necessities.

From Sustainable Development Goals to Economy of Life-Goals for Africa

Rogate R. Mshana

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c SS
The vision of an economy in the service of life, where poverty is eradicated, social justice is embraced and ecological justice promoted, must be the essence of the next generation of Sustainable Development Goals and beyond.

Post-2015: A vision for an African development based on indigenous knowledge and resources

Chika Ezeanya

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c NT
A sustainable and effective post-2015 development agenda for Africa must have its emphasis on building the capacity of Africans to identify, grow and strengthen their own systems and processes.

Assessing the HIV/AIDS MDGs: Does this look like success or even progress?

Lincoln J. Fry

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c TB
One of the MDGs is to reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 50 percent by 2015. But new infections are outpacing scaled up treatment, basic knowledge about HIV is poor, only about 35 percent of those infected receive treatment, and only about 40 percent of people living with HIV know their status.

From MDGs to SDGs: Indigenous African women as missing link

Gwain Colbert

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c TG
It is because of indigenous African women’s strength and resilience that our families and communities have been kept alive, not western development concepts and models.

Regionalism in the post-2015 development agenda

Joe Corry-Roake

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c GSN
In an ever-globalising world, developing nations are robbed of the capacity to deal with global challenges to their own interests. Strong regional bodies are an opportunity to resist this by adopting common positions and protecting the interests of member states.

Sustainable Development: Challenges and opportunities of an unfinished journey

Humphrey Polepole

2015-05-29, Issue 728

c c NS
Since the Millennium Development Goals are an unfinished journey, they are still relevant, but there is a need to go beyond the MDGs in order to take into account new and emerging issues and aspirations.

Open Letter to Pope Francis

Raise your voice against institutional racism in the G-20 and the World Bank

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c AFP
At “the premier forum for global economic and financial cooperation", Europe and North America occupy 9 of the 20 seats. Asia has six. Latin America three and the Middle East one. Africa, representing 16 percent of the world population, occupies one seat. In the World Bank, systemic racism has kept Black people out of influential positions.

Change will come, but not now

Tesfaye Yosef

2015-05-21, Issue 727

c c GLV
Africa's second most populous nation after Nigeria, Ethiopia, goes to elections on 24 May. The ruling party, in power since 1991, is guaranteed a landslide victory. In the iron-fisted autocracy where no alternative voice is allowed to be heard, the only question is by what percentage they will “win” this time.

They are selling records of African history

Kwame Opoku

2015-05-21, Issue 727

c c PZ
Unique historical evidence of the ancient cultures of a continent is being put up for sale on the open market in Europe. Yet in the countries of Africa where these priceless treasures belong, there is little public interest in the matter.

Time for radical makeover of the MBA

Dhiru Soni, Ahmed Shaikh, Anis Karodia, Joseph David, Marvin Kambuwa and Malcolm Wallis

2015-05-21, Issue 727

c c RBS
Business education in Africa is in dire need of an overhaul. The new focus should be on training managers who are acutely aware of the issues of ethics and governance, environmental and resource sustainability, justice and fairness with a view to creating successful and globally sustainable societies.

How should Economics be taught?

Vincent Navarro

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c YT
As currently taught, Economics specializes in branches of the tree without understanding the nature of the forest. Absence of the study of the political and social context, determined historically, makes the subject an apologetic message for current power relations, leading to poor understanding of economic phenomena.

The wretched of the sea

Hamza Hamouchene

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c IBT
The securitisation of immigration control has failed to solve the migrant crisis because it ignores the root cause: a global system that puts profits before people.

Fortress South Africa

Jane Duncan

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c TIA
Like the richer countries of the North that are adopting tougher controls to stem the migration of people from the more impoverished, conflict-ridden South, South Africa is employing similar tactics. But this approach is futile, unsustainable and anti-people.

“White savior” status quo remains intact

Fairouz El Tom

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c STC
This year's ranking of NGOs shows that most are based in the West although they carry out their activities in the Global South; are disproportionately headed by white men, and many continue to display stereotypical and patronising images of Africans as poor and needy victims.

Is Africa’s ‘resource nationalism’ just big business as usual?

John Childs

2015-05-20, Issue 727

c c BDA
Governments, most prominently those of Sub-Saharan countries, have argued for huge tax hikes on mining, oil and gas contracts in the name of the national interest. But beyond the rhetoric, resource nationalism is a cover for a business-as-usual bias.

No to coup, no to third term

Burundi needs democracy and respect for the rule of law

Patricia Daley

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c AS
President Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader, has run Burundi according to the only model he knows: an authoritarian, predatory and aid-dependent regime. But this week's coup against him must be condemned. The African Union and the continent’s leading nations must support Burundians to attain democracy.

Why Burundians took to the streets

Rowan Popplewell

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c DH
The protests occurred against a backdrop of sustained political and economic marginalisation by the Nkurunziza regime and widespread fear. Protest leaders successfully tapped into individual discontent and anxieties generated by exclusion and repression by a violent dictatorship.

Huge uncertainties loom over Burundi’s political trajectory

David-Ngendo Tshimba

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c NR
Post-civil war Burundi faces steep challenges that remain unaddressed. History seems to be repeating itself after a decade of fragile, hard-won peace following the signing of the 2000 Arusha Accord. President Nkurunziza's departure alone will not heal the nation.

Burundi: From ethnicized militarism to militant civilians

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c TO
The argument pushed by Nkurunziza and his backers for a third presidential term is unconvincing. This, and the fact that many people have really not enjoyed the fruits of peace under his 10-year rule, is what has galvanized relentless opposition to the regime.


Karl-Chris Nsabiyumva

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c IBT
A few days before the 'attempted' coup this week, a blogger in the Burundian capital Bujumbura gave a chilling account of the breakdown of law and order in the capital. The organisers of the protests seemed to have no particular plan and the people were beginning to turn against themselves.

The unfolding crisis of presidential succession in central Africa

Chidi Odinkalu

2015-05-14, Issue 726

c c VA
Pierre Nkurunziza is neither the first nor the only head of state in Africa’s Great Lakes region to seek another term of office against provisions of the constitution. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni orchestrated the removal of term limits from the constitution altogether. DR Congo and Rwanda’s presidents both want an extension of their regimes.

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